These three series mix supernatural elements with more realistic scenarios and emotions that older tweens and teens can relate to.
These shows have well-developed characters (including two with strong female leads), dramatic story arcs, interesting themes, and moral dilemmas, and are collectively a refreshing change from laugh-track/stereotype-laden tween sitcoms. Be warned: all have varying degrees of implied or actual violence or potentially intense imagery, so parents may want to pre-screen or check out the reviews cited below to see if they are right for your family.
Find these series in the Library Catalog:
- Wolfblood (BBC): Most family-friendly of the three. Reviews of Wolfblood: NYT Times, Common Sense Media
- Once Upon a Time (ABC). Reviews of Once Upon a Time: Common Sense Media
- Merlin (BBC): Available on Netflix streaming. (Want us to get this for you? Stop by and request it!) Review of Merlin: Common Sense Media